I think everyone can agree that Skyrim’s music is great.
The game has some great songs that remind me of when I was a teenager and played this game so much that most of the music feels like it’s burned into my brain.
I think it’s time for us to get some new music, though, after all these years and so many plays.
Well, I was able to find a few mods that add new sounds and OST tracks to Skyrim and make the game more interesting to listen to.
Oh, and one more thing: I chose mods that didn’t change the game’s style. I didn’t want to change the feel of Skyrim too much for this list, so I stuck to the game’s style.
- 18. Lucidity Sound FX SSE
- 17. Quieter Interiors
- 16. Enigma Series – All In One SSE
- 15. Celtic Music in Skyrim
- 14. Smooth Blade Draw and Sheathe
- 13. Better Animal Footsteps
- 12. Improved Horse Step Sounds
- 11. Thundering Shouts
- 10. Immersive Music
- 9. Player Voice Sets
- 8. Ultra Realistic Bow and Shoot Sounds
- 7. Immersive Sounds – Compendium
- 6. Improved Combat Sounds
- 5. Heart of the Beast – Werewolf Sound and Texture Overhaul
- 4. Audio Overhaul for Skyrim v2
- 3. Sounds of Skyrim – Civilization
- 2. Sounds of Skyrim – The Dungeons
- 1. Sounds of Skyrim – The Wilds
18. Lucidity Sound FX SSE
The PC version of Skyrim was doomed to have a bad soundtrack, with samples of sound effects that were lowered in quality.
In order to save disc space, they can sound fuzzy and low quality.
If that’s not a problem, gamers who want the best quality effects straight from the source can use Lucidity Sound FX SSE.
This is a collection of sounds that have been remastered and remixed to improve the audio quality and make the game more fun.
17. Quieter Interiors
Most caves and dungeons in Skyrim are pretty loud. The developers tried to make it scarier by adding a lot of booming, low-quality sounds coming from all directions.
In fact, it’s a bit of a distraction.
Quieter Interiors makes these sounds creepier by turning down the volume so they are less noticeable.
This is much more atmospheric and draws you into the scene. It also has a darker tone.
16. Enigma Series – All In One SSE
The voices of dragons in Skyrim are hit or miss. Some of them sound great, but others sound boring and uninspired, which can be a big problem when you’re up against one of these amazing beasts.
The Enigma Series AIO pack does a great job with each dragon’s unique line of dialogue from the game.
As a result, the dragons’ voices are now more lively, different, and powerful, and they fit the game’s mood better.
On the page for the mod, there are sound clips that you can listen to before deciding whether or not to install it.
15. Celtic Music in Skyrim
Yes, this mod gives the game Celtic music.
Is it right?
Well, let’s say it sort of works for the game.
How does it sound?
Oh, yeah, that’s right.
Definitely check it out.
14. Smooth Blade Draw and Sheathe
There’s not much to say about this mod, except that you’ll love it when you get it.
Realistic sheathing sounds are one of those changes that you don’t realise you need until you hear them in action.
Definitely subtle, but you can’t miss it.
13. Better Animal Footsteps
Have you ever wondered why all the animals in the game make the same noises when they move?
Hey, neither do I!
But this mod really makes you notice how bad the animal footsteps sound as soon as you put it in.
Check it out and see how it changes things—almost it’s like heaven.
12. Improved Horse Step Sounds
Okay, maybe you don’t want to make all animals’ steps better.
I get it.
Maybe you just want the sound of the horse steps to be better.
Then, I’ve got your back.
Well, this mod has your back, and it goes well with the animal sounds mod above.
11. Thundering Shouts
Have you ever had the strange feeling that the shouts in Skyrim just aren’t that scary?
They could have a bit more… vibe, if you know what I mean.
With this mod, every shout in the game will have a more threatening tone.
It makes every shout the Dragonborn makes sound like thunder and have a deep echo.
It’s time to make your enemies afraid of you before they even hear your shouts.
10. Immersive Music
Skyrim’s vanilla music is great.
But what if we still want more?
Well, we can’t wait until DLC comes out for this one. Let’s get the Immersive Music mod, then.
This adds 16 hours of new music based on the original Skyrim OST.
So the new songs fit in well with the old ones.
It basically adds to the already great OST library of Skyrim.
9. Player Voice Sets
Ah, this is one of those mods you didn’t know you needed until you put it in. These are some of my favourites to try out.
This lets you choose a voice for your character, which is the main thing it does. I mean, it won’t come with a bunch of dialogue.
But all of the actions that you perform in the game will have a sound effect playing whenever you execute them.
Rediscover the magic of Skyrim and feel more connected to your character by giving it the voice you think it should have. You have a lot of choices.
8. Ultra Realistic Bow and Shoot Sounds
Guys, let’s face it: bows and arrows in Skyrim make terrible noises. They have never made sense.
And after playing the game over and over for so many years, I can’t help but be aware of this. I would even go so far as to say that they are some of the worst sounds in the game.
Now that I’ve said how much I hate these sound effects, I’ll tell you why I love this mod so much: it completely replaces them with real sounds that make the game sound a million times better.
If you want to play as an archer, you should definitely get your hands on this mod. It’s like night and day.
7. Immersive Sounds – Compendium
This is one of the best sound mods out there, and it was on the G.E.M.S. list for a good reason.
This mod really changes the sound of the game in the best way possible. It lets sounds actually mean something, which they couldn’t do in the original game (which basically just exists).
The game now has thousands of new sound effects. This makes each creature feel different, makes your armour sound like it should when it moves, and even improves how the player hears sounds.
It’s one of the best mods I’ve ever put into my game.
6. Improved Combat Sounds
The sound of each attack is often one of the most important parts of combat in a game. It can also help with timing and hiding.
But it’s clear that Skyrim wasn’t made with sound design in mind, which makes the game feel lacking in key areas (like combat) where it isn’t lacking, just because it doesn’t have the right sound effects.
With this mod, all of the sounds in combat will sound and feel much better.
When you block, attack, slash, or cut through an enemy, the sounds will be better. This mod has everything that should have been in the base game.
As soon as you draw your sword, you’ll be able to tell the difference.
5. Heart of the Beast – Werewolf Sound and Texture Overhaul
Have you ever thought about why real werewolves don’t sound as scary or aggressive as they do in movies?
Well, after all, this is Skyrim…
But you don’t have to wonder anymore, fam.
Just install this mod, and you’ll hear some pretty realistic werewolf sounds.
4. Audio Overhaul for Skyrim v2
This overhaul is one of the best audio mods for the game, and it aims to change everything about how Skyrim sounds.
Quite a task, eh? I’d say it does that very well.
This Audio Overhaul mod makes the environment feel much more responsive than it does in the base game, while keeping the vanilla feel that we’ve come to love.
3. Sounds of Skyrim – Civilization
Now, this is one of three, and all of them are at the top of my list. They are awesome.
As the first mod in the Sounds of Skyrim sound pack, Civilization adds an amazing 220 new sounds that will play as you walk through the villages and towns of Northern Tamriel.
You’ll feel like every town or city was made just for you.
This mod will make you feel like you live in Skyrim’s capital just as much as it will make you feel like you live in a town that has been abandoned.
2. Sounds of Skyrim – The Dungeons
Explore the dungeons we’ve all grown to love and rediscover the magic of Skyrim with this amazing audio mod.
Again, this is from the amazing Sounds of Skyrim set.
This one gives the game’s dungeons and caves more than 100 new sounds.
I know you probably feel like you’ve heard all of Skyrim’s dungeon music by now since the game has been out for so long.
But if you add this baby to your list of mods, you’ll see how much music can change how you feel about a game.
1. Sounds of Skyrim – The Wilds
The third and last “Sounds of Skyrim” mod is at the top of my list to finish it off.
It is also my favourite mod, if I may say so. Yes, you spend most of your time in the game in places like dungeons and cities.
But let’s be honest: the real epic adventures in Skyrim happen in the wilderness.
So, The Wilds adds 115 new sound effects that you can hear as you explore the beautiful Northern Tamrielic region.
This mod was added to the G.E.M.S. list, just like the others from the “Sounds of Skyrim” pack.
So it’s one of the “must-have” mods from the Nexus as a whole.